Are You Ready for the Festival of Lights?

Are You Ready for the Festival of Lights?

The festive season is just around the corner. A few days to go and a whole load to prep up for, what are the main things you should be focusing on? Well, we give you a roundup of everything that is part of this beautiful festival of lights, Diwali.

Decorate the house

As we all know the world ‘Diwali’ is synonymous with lights, your house needs just that. After a good round of Diwali cleaning, decorate key areas of your house with festive lights. Available in various colors and themes, these lights are perfect for the alter in your home, the balcony, the garden and of course the doors. In addition to the lights, bring in the traditional forms of decoration with rangoli designs. Bring out the rangoli powder, rice or petals but get the design going.

Light the diyas

A celebration without the traditional festive oil lamps called diyas is a big no-no. While you can choose from a large variety of clay lamps readily available in the market these days, for those of you with young children, go ahead and get experimental. Make use of this festive time to bond with the kids as you all sit together and paint colorful diyas for the occasion. For those who live in apartments that are stringent with rules on flames, don’t fret. Bring out the electric candles and make sure the pathway to your door is well lit.

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Prepare the sweets

Diwali without sweets is like a birthday without cake! Remember this is the time where we go visit family and friends and many of them visit us too. Make sure the sugar is in abundance. If you are a modern family struggling with this fast paced world, you can opt for chocolates to do the wonders but if you have the time, we suggest you keep the old charm alive. Buy traditional mithai for Diwali or give your cooking skills a shot. Simple and quick recipes can be found online to feed the sweet cravings this Diwali.

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Adorn yourself

Toss the old, buy some new. Celebrate the festival with new clothes. Take the effort to iron your clothes, scrub yourself and feel your best. While you adorn yourself, make this Diwali special for someone else too. Old clothes that are in very good condition can be donated to someone less fortunate than you are. Ensure the clothes are washed, ironed and well wrapped before you donate them. This gives the recipient the thrill of opening a Diwali present.

Bring out the cards

We all know that Diwali without a cards session makes it quite incomplete. Bring out your playing deck and gather with family and friends for a fun game of cards. The laughter, chatter and banter is sure to liven up the atmosphere and give you a great opportunity to get together with near and dear ones and perhaps build new relationships with the old and forgotten ones.

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Pray for peace and prosperity

Lastly, a Diwali without a pooja is thoroughly incomplete. Bid goodbye to the past times and welcome the better times as you surrender to the deities. Ensure every family member is a part of the prayers and together pray for peace and prosperity.

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Hopefully, incorporating a little something from everything will make your Diwali complete and memorable. From The Wedding Co. team, here’s wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Diwali.

What's in the Box?

What’s in the box?

We all know gifts are objects given to express positive emotions towards someone and when you have an Indian wedding in the family expect it to include lots of gifts. While traditional Indian weddings involve gifts in the form of cash, gold and clothes being exchanged either between the families or being given by guests, modern day weddings are a tad bit different. These days wedding gifts cover a broad spectrum of objects that are not just gifted to the couple but also by the couple.

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Personalized items – Bring in the personal touch to wedding gifts with accessories or household items that have the couple’s name engraved on it. If the couple is extremely close to you, you may opt for personalized jewelry or wallets. If you would like the gift to be more generic, there are several other options like champagne flutes, cutlery and silverware that can be personalized.

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Household items – Nuclear families are on the rise these days and post their marriage, couples move into their new homes. Setting up from scratch can be an expensive task therefore many couples do appreciate the idea of receiving household items as wedding gifts. These could include a range of items like showpieces, lamps, artistic frames and dinner sets.

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Gift registry – Very popular with modern day couples, registries are the easiest way of ensuring you will receive wedding gifts that you require. Couples make a wish list of items they require and this is made public. Family and friends then choose which item they would like to gift the couple and once they have purchased that item, it is deleted off the list. This ensures that two guests do not gift the couple the same item. These days’ registries are listed with department stores to facilitate the process.

Vouchers – Quite similar to registries, vouchers are very popular wedding gifts for young couples these days. They are similar because they leave the couples with the option of selecting what they personally like and are most likely to use. Vouchers can be store based or shopping mall based.

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Wedding Favors for Guests

Sweets – These can be placed for guests at the dinner tables if the wedding set-up is a sit-down dinner style. If the set-up is a buffet style one, then the sweets can be placed at various cocktail tables or at the exit of the venue. Popular sweets as wedding favors for guests are lollipops wrapped with personalized wrappers of the couple’s initials and chocolate lollipops and bars imprinted with the couple’s picture or names.

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Souvenirs – These can be a range of articles that are given to guests as memorabilia from the wedding. Available in stores that stock wedding supplies, these can be theme based or something generic. Popular favors are mini photo frames, card holders and candles.

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The key to gifting right is to keep it simple and practical. Gifts do not need to be big or expensive to be appreciated. Use the ideas as a guideline and we ensure you it will be easy gifting!

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The Social Wedding

As everybody knows, social media has changed the way we live everyday. But is it invited to your wedding?  While it’s no surprise that many couples tend to share the news of their upcoming wedding on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, many of them are also taking this to another level – by using these social tools in wedding planning.

We have listed down a  few ways in which you can plan your wedding with a little help from social media:

1.  Ideas and Inspiration

Digitally organize your wedding ideas using a site like Pinterest. It’s almost like the modern day equivalent to cutting out beautiful wedding inspirations from magazines and books. Simply type in the category that you are looking for, like theme wedding or wedding decor, and go through a million pictures from around the world, to get some unique ideas.

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Wedding blogs are also great places to find ideas. Most wedding blogs cover real weddings with pictures and stories of the bride and groom, in addition to planning advice on how they carried out the celebrations. It is a good way to catch up with the latest trends.

2. Finding wedding planners/vendors

With businesses going crazy about keeping their Facebook and Twitter pages updated, it’s easy to find wedding planners or vendors on social networking sites. You can interact directly with them online and also get an insight into the kind of services they offer.

3.  Communication

There’s only so much information you can put on a wedding invite. Creating a wedding website is the latest trend doing the rounds; E-invites are also popular with ample number of templates available. It’s also an easier option to click and send these to large lists of guests.

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4.  Sharing Memories

Sharing wedding pictures on Facebook is a given, but uploading images on sites like Flickr is even better.  Here you are able to upload images from your wedding or event to, share the link with your guests, and they in turn can download and print the images from home.

Clearly, the possibilities are endless. As these sites get more developed and people continue using them, the list of ways in which they can help will continue to grow.

Here a woof, there a meow!

Here a woof, there a meow!

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But there’s need to panic now

Yes! There is absolutely no need to panic when you hear these sounds at weddings. American actress Donna Douglas once said, ‘I really love pets. They’re like children’ and with more and more people adopting this mentality in our fast paced world, there is no reason why you should be surprised at seeing pets attend the events you do.

For real pet lovers, having their pets at their wedding might be no big deal but it is the idea of having several guests bring their pets to a wedding that calls for attention. Being invited with your pet to a wedding might be an exciting affair but many of us might have not experienced this scenario before. In order to make the day exciting yet controllable we suggest you keep these points in mind.

Clothe them comfortably

As much as we like to doll up ourselves on occasions, we must keep the theory to a minimum with our pets. Focus on a single accessory or clothing item to dress up your pet. There is nothing more troublesome to the eyes than seeing a pet covered in every possible item available at a pet boutique. Wedding guests must remember the key to keeping their pets calm is leaving them as close to their natural character as possible which means clothe them as comfortable so they do not spend the evening trying to knock off accessories of themselves.

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Practice a pre-run

Like we experience an influx of several guests at one go during weddings, similarly pet owners should remember that their entry to the venue will be timed with several other pets. In addition to that, there will be different kinds of pets at the venue therefore it is extremely important for your pet to have exposure to a similar scenario prior to the wedding. Practice a pre-run where you take your pet in an environment that exposes them to other pets and ensure they are able to deal with it. The host couple definitely want to avoid the chaos of frisky pets chasing other pets around.

Take a treat

In the hustle and bustle of the celebration, situations might arise where your pet begins to get restless. Take a treat for them so you know you have a method of keeping them calm till you sort the scenario. Pick a treat that best grabs your pet’s attention in order to be able to get the desired result.

Stay sensitive

Lastly, like us humans, pets too are sensitive to certain environments. After a while, the event might be too stressful on them therefore we strongly recommend you stay sensitive to their body language. If you see your pet getting restless and frisky, we suggest you leave the venue.

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Once you have gone the extra step to keep your pet comfortable, we ensure you the celebrations will be equally fun for the both of you. After all, who wouldn’t like to bring an eventful day to an end with wagging tails and purrs of contentment?

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The Wedding Day Survival Kit

The Wedding Day Survival Kit

While everyone hopes not to have any emergencies on the wedding day, its always better to be safe than sorry. Here’s a list of all those ‘just in case’ items you would require, to make sure that your dream wedding goes on without any glitches.

You never know what disaster can choose to strike you at an already stressful moment. So in addition to your regular make-up and other absolutely necessary things, the ‘Emergency Wedding Kit’ can include:

  • Bobby Pins
  • Safety Pins
  • Ponytail Holders
  • Tooth-Picks
  • Band-Aids
  • Aspirin
  • Hand Towels
  • Ear Buds
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread
  • Buttons
  • Scotch Tape
  • Spot Removers
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Drinking Straws
  • Breath Mints
  • Hair Spray
  • Nail File
  • Eye Drops
  • Strong Glue
  • Energy Bars
  • Soda
  • Miniature alcohol bottles

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These are a few we could think of. You can add more, depending on what you think would help you sail through the big day smoothly. Now be prepared and keep the panic attacks away!

 

Give Me The Glow!

Give Me The Glow!

‘Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’

The bride of course!

Beautifully glowing skin on the wedding day is every bride’s dream.  In the last couple of months leading up to the wedding, brides can indulge in a variety of treatments to give their skin the smoothness required.

Exfoliating – Scrubs and Moroccan baths are a great way to get rid of dead cells and give you silky smooth skin. Time your exfoliating sessions at least a month before the wedding so you minimize risk of rashes or redness on sensitive skin.

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Masks – Getting rid of dead cells is not enough. Nourish your skin once it has been scrubbed in order to leave it smooth. Honey and turmeric masks are age old secrets of glowing Indian brides.

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Facials 

This is one treatment that calls for serious attention when being executed. Firstly, we urge every bride to take time and find a good facial therapist. Settling for an unknown one in order to save a few bucks might not be the appropriate thing at a time like this. Secondly, understand the treatment being suggested and use your knowledge to determine whether it is something that is required for your skin type. Lastly, aim to have a facial at least a month prior to your big day because inflamed skin is a definite no-no for all brides. Once the facial has been done, make it a point to religiously stick to a skin care routine in order to maintain the clean skin until your wedding day.

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Relaxation sessions

The best gift any bride can give herself prior to the wedding is, time. Take a little time out for yourself every few days to relax.

Yoga – Simple breathing techniques and basic yogic postures under the guidance of a yoga instructor will not only relax you but leave you feeling rejuvenated which is a ‘must-feel’ for every bride.

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Massages – Make it a point to visit a spa every week to indulge in Ayurvedic or any Eastern massages. Frequent massages will stimulate blood circulation thus giving you the energy you require during the wedding preparations as well as a healthy look.

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Timing beauty treatments correctly and ensuring you stick to those timelines will take care of your grooming for your special day. Keep the above guidelines in mind and we assure you, as a bride, you will look the fairest of them all.

Being The Next Host

Being The Next Host

We agree weddings do spell celebration especially when they are Indian weddings. Known for extravagant weddings spanning several days, Indians are also known for after parties that continue for a few days after the main celebrations are over. These are smaller parties hosted by extended family or close friends as a token of gratitude towards the bride and groom or simply as their way of congratulating and celebrating with the couple. After parties can be a fun idea or a great gesture but hosts of after parties must realize that such events usually take place after days of celebration coupled with stress and exhaustion therefore appropriate planning is required to get it right.

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Choose the right day

The biggest factor that contributes to the success of after parties is choosing the right day. Hosting an after party on the day right after the wedding ends up being quite exhausting for everyone therefore forcing people to attend the party in a rather unpleasant mood or with the feeling of wanting to get done with the party at the earliest. To avoid this situation, it is best to keep at least a day’s gap between the last wedding event and the first after party.

Shorten the guest list

How many times have you attended an after party that feels like the actual party itself? And we assure you that is not the best feeling. After parties are recognized as a continuation of the celebration but with near and dear ones therefore do not expect a successful after party with an extensive guest list. Keep it short and simple. Open the invitation to those that really matter and to those who will contribute to creating a great ambiance.

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Keep it casual

Wedding parties are usually a combination of rituals, dancing, dining and drinking. Once guests have experienced that over several days, they do reach a point where they are looking for something that requires less energy and perhaps not much dressing. To give guests that feeling, keep the party casual. Allow it to be an opportunity for guests to relax and unwind whilst having a good time.

Throw in an unusual element

To have the best after party, we strongly recommend throwing in a little something that guests least expect. For example, a resort wedding in the Far East could involve an after party with masseurs giving guests a foot massage. Similarly a wedding in warmer cities could involve a beach side after party for guests to enjoy a dip by the pool or simply take in some stunning views.

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Give it a detox angle

There’s no doubt that back to back parties are fun especially when you are with close family and friends but amidst the celebrations, people look forward to a normalcy in their routine. With people becoming increasingly conscious of their eating habits, there is a likelihood that your guests will either avoid a heavy meal or eat to their minimum capacity. If you want to avoid a scenario like that, cater to guests requirements with a refreshing and slightly detox menu. Alongside alcoholic beverages, include fresh fruit juices, sparkling water and a variety of dips and raw foods to enable guests to alternate binge drinking with healthy options.

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These simple pointers allow you to plan simple yet successful after parties through which guests can have fun yet take it easy after the hectic wedding celebrations.

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A blissful burst of attractiveness and color are what makes flowers ‘must haves’ at weddings. Indian weddings cannot take place without the typical golden orange marigolds adorning the pillars of the mandap. Not only do flowers enhance the festivities aesthetically, but they also have a deeper meaning when it comes to rituals followed while tying the knot. We’ve gathered some images for some of the favorite flowers that are commonly used in Indian wedding ceremonies.

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Tuberoses, also known as Rajnigandha, are prominent in Indian culture and mythology. They are used mainly n garlands and decoration in weddings.

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Rose petals are obviously the most popular and commonly used in all wedding ceremonies.

 

 

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Jasmine buds and blossoms are highly fragrant and they are attached with grace and elegance.

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Symbolizing creation and rebirth, the lotus is a beautiful addition to this list.

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